Would Wenger be the worst person to play Football Manager with? No players in in January, a lot now rest on the shoulders of recently fringe players Djourou and Sczezny. Fans at the Emirates will be concerned, but not surprised.
Arguably made the best signings in the league. Bent was big money at the time, and then short change compared to Carroll’s deal. Makoun, Bradley and Walker all look logical and sensible, and with three wins on the spin, Villa look comfortable again. Moving Sidwell out of the door will bring smiles to Villa faces.
If Obafemi Martins impresses, then all will be well, but it’s not an insignificant ‘if’. David Bentley, however, was a fantastic bit of business, and may be enough to ensure Brum’s Premier League survival. Curtis Davies provides cover for the injured Dann, but have Villa helped their rivals survive?
Should be congratulated and re-congratulated for holding onto Charlie Adam, but they must hope that he continues to impress, or £10million will seem a lot more than it did yesterday. Bought five players, Jason Puncheon being the oddest of the lot. Ian Holloway will have slept well last night.
Ronaldinho – no. Beckham – no. Formica – yes. When the owners finally lowered their standards slightly, Rovers completed some savvy deals (with Santa Cruz in particular smacking of intelligence). Perhaps the most sound piece of business was the ridding of El Hadji Diouf, or w*nker, as he is known throughout the rest of the country.
Strangely quiet. Daniel Sturridge may be inspired in the same way as Jack Wilshere was last season, but a Championship centre-back was the only other addition. For a team that six weeks ago was sixth in the league, more ambition may have been expected.
Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Terry, Luiz, Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Malouda, Torres, Drogba. Jesus H Christ (not on the bench). If the new signings gel, the elusive Champions League success is a real possibility.
It is a sad indictment of their fall from financial grace that £215,000 on a Greek teenager is all that they could muster, but not as depressing as the reality: keeping Phil Neville on their books is all that they can really boast from the past month. Do Everton need Moyes more than Moyes needs Everton?
Sidwell failed at Villa. But £500,000 is a steal. Added to Kakuta and Gudjohnsen on loan, and Fulham have highlighted where Everton went wrong. Mark Hughes will be looking to kick-on, and their additions will help not hinder.
Just wow. £23million looked risky on a Eredivisie success, but £35million on Carroll looks like the biggest gamble since Paul Merson sought help. What would Liverpool fans have said if Woy had made such a gamble? One Liverpool fan reportedly officially changed his name to Fernando Torres a month ago. Let’s hope his wife’s called Carol.
It is a measure of yesterday’s lunacy that Man City can be seen as acting with restraint and dignity in this window. Bizarre talk of a move for Seb Larsson aside, Citeh sought a player and bought him. No shenanigans, no late night approaches, and no spaffing money willy nilly. Just a shame they’ve still got Jo.
It is no coincidence that neither Fergie nor Wenger bought. Neither fancy the rough and tumble and inflated prices of January, and Fergie made his feelings clear. But with Wayne Rooney’s failings, a lot rests on the shoulders of sultry Bulgarian and a boyish Mexican.
Only Newcastle could allow their most valuable asset to leave without a replacement lined up, and sign two players, one with a broken leg and one who failed a medical. And only Newcastle could sell the one player that can head the ball, before trying to re-sign the one player who could cross it to him. £35million is a great price (it is, in fact, bat sh*t mental) but only if they can invest it ALL in the summer. A penny for Alan “they’ve guaranteed we’re not selling Carroll” Pardew’s thoughts.
The most impressive thing is that they got £4.5million for a benchwarmer. Tony Pulis has been understated this month, but why should he be anything else? Pennant and Carew have Premier League experience, and quality to keep Stoke in the division.
Whilst the Bent transfer was overpriced, an injury to Danny Welbeck left Bruce with the need for a replacement striker. Instead he bought two midfielders, including Sessegnon, described by a PSG-supporting friend of mine as the laziest midfielder he has ever seen. Strange then that there is £12million sat in the bank that could have been well-invested, particularly as 10 players left the club.
Massively disappointing, actually. A few weeks ago I stated that this window was a crossroads for Spurs. They could push on (Forlan, Aguero, Rossi) or allow themselves to become stagnant (Phil Neville). With Champions League qualification looking less and less likely (expecially with Chelsea’s additions), have Spurs missed their pop at glory? This time last season Spurs were fourth and still in the FA Cup. Go out against AC Milan and Spurs have gone backwards, not forwards.
To have only signed Carlos Vela perhaps does not cover the cracks enough. The Baggies could really have done with an experienced defender or two, particularly in the full-back department (Paul Konchesky, for example). As it is, they will be pinning their hopes on Vela and Odemwingie to achieve survival. A risky business.
I need merely to repeat what I said yesterday:
West Ham are dreadful all over the pitch. And yet in this window they have signed Demba Ba and Robbie Keane. This adds to Carlton Cole, Benni McCarthy, Freddie Sears, Frank Nouble, Zavon Hines, Freddie Piquionne and Victor Obinna. Nine strikers plus Scotty Parker stick? Unless they win a few games 3-2, you fear for the Hammers.
But at least they got someone. I will be very surprised if Wigan now stay up this season. They had the chance to gamble, and chose to play (too) safe. Connor Sammon has scored goals for Kilmarnock, but just ask Kenny Miller about the step up he now faces. It may be telling that Scunthorpe offered for Sammon last week. Are Wigan going to stoop to a similar level?
Whilst Jamie O’Hara has showed Premier League potential, Wolves are another club who may rue the lack of activity. Kevin Doyle works hard, but realisitically who will score the 8-10 goals between now and May that keeps Wolves up? The answer may be no-one. Had they at least attempted to get a Ricardo Fuller or a Robbie Keane, who knows.